Nina French

Marijuana: The Backdoor Approach to Legalization
Marijuana: The Backdoor Approach to Legalization

When Colorado and Washington passed recreational marijuana laws in 2012, it was a big deal. It took people by surprise.  And given that reaction, it’s hard to believe that just four years later six more states and the District of Columbia passed similar laws with little fanfare.  Altogether 28* states now have some form of legalized marijuana, and as legalization continues to spread, so does the general acceptance from voters and the population as a whole.  Take Florida for example.  It passed medical marijuana in November 2016 with more than 71% of voters in favor of the new law.  Recent statistics have shown that the majority of millennials and baby boomers alike now support legalized marijuana.  But as support “goes viral,” has anyone really stopped to consider what it will all mean?  Much like the hubbub around the presidential campaign, are millions of Americans going to be taken aback by the outcome?

A Closer Look: Oral Fluid Drug Testing for DOT Employers
A Closer Look: Oral Fluid Drug Testing for DOT Employers

  On May 12, 2015, the Federal Register published proposed guidelines from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the inclusion of oral fluid specimens in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. Sounds important – but what does it mean for Third Party Administrators (TPAs) and employers? 

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Electronic Chain-of-Custody in Your Drug Testing Program
Electronic Chain-of-Custody in Your Drug Testing Program

In October, the Department of Health and Human Services approved the first laboratory for the processing of Department of Transportation drug tests. As the DOT begins its roll out of the electronic chain of custody (eCCF) and the non-regulated industries continue to expand the use of eCCF, it is important to evaluate the pros and cons and the impact of its use in your drug testing program.

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